Apartment - Entire home/apt · Pennsylvania Ave, San Diego, CA 92103, United States
Your host, Filbert
117 Reviews
Response rate: 60%
Response time: within a few hours

The Space

Make yourself at home staying at “The Pennrich” during your visit to beautiful San Diego. Located in the central neighborhood of Hillcrest, famous for its diverse population, gay friendly, and home to many bars, restaurants, shops, and transportation, my studio apartment is located above a garage with a private entrance and has no common walls. You can enjoy sitting on your private balcony and enjoy a leisurely breakfast or your evening happy hour. Inside the unit you will find a queen size bed, queen size futon, a full size kitchen stocked with basic cooking supplies including an espresso machine, french press coffee maker, electric hot water maker, toaster, blender, and a nice selection of coffee, teas, sugar, sweetener, and creamers, TV, DVD player (I have a selection of movies you may borrow, or you can rent movies from a nearby Red Box machine). There is a Mexican marble bathroom with large pedestal sink, bathtub(towels supplied) , and European shower head. There is plenty of natural light, wonderful natural ventilation, cathedral ceilings, track lighting, along with hardwood, tile and marble floors. In the evening you can enjoy the ambiance of a gas burning fireplace, or sit out on the balcony by candlelight. There is also a large Weber grill for your use should you wish to BBQ in the evenings. To be honest, airbnb's photography makes my place seem larger than it really is, but it's far from feeling claustrophobic having such high ceilings, even in the bathroom. I do not charge an extra cleaning fee like others! There is plenty of free street parking in front of the studio should you have a rental car. A major bus line is only 3 blocks away which will take you to the center of the city in about 20 minutes, or you could walk there in less than an hour. The world famous San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park is a short 15 minute walk, and you are a short 5 minute walk away from grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Ralphs, Trader Joe's, and a liquor store.There is also a Rite Aid (24 hour pharmacy) within walking distance, as well as close proximity to both Scripps Mercy Hospital and UCSD Medical Center. In addition, no matter what type of food you’re craving, you will be satisfied with your choices of Thai, Mexican, Japanese, Continental, Indian, Mediterranean, and American cuisine within a 10 minute walk, along with a 7 Eleven, McDonalds, Subway, Starbucks Papa John's Pizza, Fed Ex and a Post Office. There is a wide choice of bars within walking distance, including gay, straight, mixed, or wine, where you can dance or socialize. The Alibi, Hillcrest’s oldest bar is 3 blocks away, and each Sunday morning there is a wonderful farmer’s market where you can shop for fresh produce, hot and cold prepared foods, and inexpensive fresh flowers.
Your host is a native San Diegan, and can give you many recommendations of “must sees” in San Diego. Whether you are here to enjoy Pride weekend, the Rock and Roll Marathon, Comic-Con, or any other large event, or just here to relax. I will try my best to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, and hope you will visit us soon. If you find you are unhappy at The Pennrich for any reason, I will be more than happy to refund your full rental costs (minus airbnb's own fees) for any unused nights. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to meeting you in “America’s Finest City” soon!
P.S. I'm sorry, but our property is not suitable for those with children. Babies who are not yet walking are welcome though. I do have a wireless internet connection, but have received complaints about it's strength, so no longer list it as an included amenity. Some guests have nad no problems making a good connection though. There is a coffee shop and McDonald's 3 blocks away which both offer free internet service if it is absolutely necessary for you. Please keep this in mind when reserving my space.

Interaction with Guests

One or both of us is usually available in person, or by phone/email should you need us. If not, then we will respect your privacy during your stay.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • This was my second stay at Filberts apartment and it was another fantastic experience. Filbert is a wonderful host and goes above and beyond to ensure you enjoy your stay at San Diego! He was even kind enough to take us on a guided tour of San Diego one evening which was a highlight of our weekend! The apartment is well equipped with everything you would need and is in a great location within walking distance of restaurants and bars. Thanks again Filbert for accommodating us and we hope to return again in the near future. Definitely recommend!

    July 2014
  • Filbert is a great host, he gave us a lot of information what we could do in San Diego. He also gave us some advices for our next stop - the grand canyon. The accommodation was also one of the best we've ever had. The kitchen is good equiped (we really liked the coffee). Everything was clean and in good condition. The world famous zoo, supermarkets and restaurants are all in walking distance :)

    July 2014
  • Wir haben unseren Aufenthalt bei Filbert in San Diego sehr genossen. Die Lage in Hillcrest ist optimal, ruhig im Wohngebiet, aber alles ist gut zu erreichen. Das App. ist sehr gut ausgestattet und hat eine tolle Terrasse mit viel Platz. Filbert ist ein wunderbarer Gastgeber, immer freundlich und hilfsbereit mit vielen nützlichen Tipps bzgl. einkaufen, ausgehen, besichtigen etc.. Wir kommen gerne wieder. Absolut empfehlenswert!

    June 2014
  • Filbert is an amazing host, so welcoming and easy going. The apartment was spotlessly clean and had everything we could possibly need for our stay. In my opinion you couldn't ask for the apartment to be located in a better neighbourhood within three blocks you have every type of restaurant available to you, good public transport links and easy access to Balboa Park. I would recommend Filbert as a host and his apartment without hesitation, I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did (missing San Diego already!).

    June 2014
  • We had a great time by Filbert in SD. He took us from the airport and bring us back too. Nice appartment and at the end he surprised us with a BBQ. dont know when we are comming back in SD but without a doubt it will be by our friend Filbert.

    Het was erg leuk bij Filbert, hij is een hele goede gastheer. Kwam ons halen van het vliegveld en bracht ons ook weer terug om de huurauto op te halen. Schoon en geriefelijk appartement en zeer aan te raden voor een verblijf in San Diego.

    Aad en Marjo van Vliet

    May 2014
  • My aunt and I had a wonderful stay - Filbert's place offers everything in comfort you could ask for plus many thoughful items such as extra toothbrush, toiletries, etc...I asked Filbert to use an iron and he was very quick to accommodate this request. It was wonderful to have so many restaurants in close proximity and the neighborhood is great to walk around in. Filbert and Ricardo couln't be nicer-I will definately be booking a stay here again.

    May 2014
    Response from Filbert:

    Thank you Julie and Judy! I finally broke down and bought an iron for the studio so no one needs to borrow one anymore. I'm hoping to get some new French doors installed very soon, so the place will even be nicer next time you visit. We hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Filbert and Ricardo

    May 2014
  • The Penrich is definately in an excellent location and a bargan as well. Close to Balboa Park with all its ammenities. And you can find any type of food, drink or entertainment within walking distance in "Faboulous Hillcrest". There is a lot of foot/bicycle traffic going by, so sitting on the elevated patio is a great people watching perch. And if you fly in without a car, there is a unique smatcar rental system that i used frequently. I could go on about the location but you get the picture.
    As for the host, you could not ask for a better person than Filbert. He knows the area very well and can guide you to most any activity you want to do. He's there if you need him but also respectful of your privacy. I had a car problem once and he was right there to help. He also helped me work out some logistics problems with my moving to San Diego soon.
    The rental itself is awesome. Windows can be opened on all 4 sides to let in that cool ocean breeze. The futon worked well when I had a guest say the night. Everything was functional as stated. The only downside was that the wireless connection was slow and intermittent within the apt. But that can be solved by taking your laptop down to the courtyard/garden area which is closer to the wireless router. Not a big deal.
    All in all, I had a great stay and will be back.. at least to visit with Filbert.

    April 2014
    Response from Filbert:

    My apologies for the less than stellar Wi-Fi service. I will remove it from my amenities list in order to avoid future disappointments for my guests. Our guests are more than welcome to walk downstairs and sit on the BBQ deck near the house for better reception. There is also a nice coffee shop and a McDonald's a short 3 block walk away where free and better internet service is offered.

    April 2014
  • Filbert was a fantastic host and his place in Hillcrest is wonderful, there is everything you need and he gives you great tips where to go an what to see. thanks for the super nice time.

    April 2014
  • We had a great time at the Pennrich with Filbert and Ricardo! It was a reasonable walk to the San Diego Zoo & Balboa Park which we did the first 2 days there. The studio was very clean and very comfortable. Filbert picked us up at the airport and he was kind enough to take us to our rental car office a few days later! Filbert also recommended an excellent Mexican restaurant 3 blocks away when we were hungry our first night there. We highly recommend this great lodging in San Diego!

    April 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay at Filberts apartment. Filbert is a great person and truly great host! He was so helpful all the time and responded every time so quickly. The place is spotless clean and in great condition. It has everything you need and is big enough. I would recommend it 100% and would stay there every time again. The neighborhood is great as well.

    April 2014
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I was born in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego and have never left its accepting and diverse culture. I have traveled extensively in our small world, and know how nice it is to come home to a warm, clean, and cozy place at night, whether it be a private home, hotel, or tent. I take great pride in offering you a home away from home which is clean, safe, private. and has what I hope includes everything you need to feel comfortable after a long day of touring San Diego. I can recommend the "must sees" for you to make the most of your visit, and hope that you will leave my city with fond memories, and anxious to return. I also offer you a money back guarantee, so that if you're not happy for any reason with your accommodations, I'll make sure you get a refund for any unused nights. I love my day job working with kids who keep me grounded and young at heart. I have a great sense of humor, and like to spend my weekends just relaxing at home with the Weber grill and some good company. My mother used to tell me that you need only 3 things to be happy: Something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to. Heeding her advice, I look forward to hosting you soon! Happy travels, Filbert.
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